A former Windham school bus driver faces a minimum of probation or up to two-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty at trial of stealing nearly $1,500 from the Windham School District by falsifying her time sheets.
Caroyl L. Fowler, 58, of 10330 S.R. 303, was found guilty of one count each of theft in office, a fourth-degree felony, and theft, a fifth-degree felony, at a recent bench trial in Portage County Common Pleas Court before Visiting Judge Marvin Shapiro. Sentencing is pending a pre-sentence investigation.
A message seeking comment on the case was left for Fowler's attorney, Jill Fankhauser.
An investigation by the Windham Police Department found that over a 54-day period in March and April 2011, Fowler was paid $1,468 for bus trips she did not make from Windham to Ravenna.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said the theft was exposed when a substitute bus driver working for Fowler on April 28, 2011, reported to a supervisor that there were no students on a bus trip from Windham to Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna. The route was meant for students in the Cooperative Learning Program, a non-traditional educational program for students with emotional or behavioral issues.
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